About the Interview
At MIT we don't just want to see how you look on paper: we're interested in the whole person. That's why, whenever possible, we offer an interview with a member of the MIT Educational Council, a network of over 3,000 MIT graduates around the world who volunteer to meet with applicants in their home area.
Interviews are strongly recommended. In fact, last year, of eligible applicants, we admitted 10.8% of those who had an interview (or who had their interview waived) but only 1% of those who chose not to interview.
You will receive your Educational Counselor's (EC) name and contact information via your MyMIT account.
Please note that, unlike many other schools, at MIT you must contact your interviewer! If you are applying during Early Action, you must contact your interviewer by October 20th; Regular Action applicants must contact their interviewers by December 10.
Your interview will take place in your local area. Most ECs will suggest meeting at a mutually agreed upon site like a local coffeehouse, restaurant, bookstore or library.
If there are no alumni/ae volunteering to interview in your area, we may try to arrange a SKYPE interview for you, or your MyMIT account will indicate that we are unable to offer you an interview with a local volunteer. Please don't let this distress you. Remember, the interview is not a required component of the application, and the Admissions Committee will be aware that we were unable to offer you an interview.
What To Expect
Typically, interviews last an hour, though they can range from 30 minutes to two hours long.
Before you meet with your EC, try to anticipate some of the questions you might be asked. Talk with friends and family about their interview experiences, or read our blog entries about interviews. Think through stories or examples that will give your interviewer a vivid sense of your passions and aspirations. Some students choose to bring an activities list or other materials to illustrate their interests more clearly. Please feel free do so if you wish. However, MIT only requires that you bring yourself.
MIT interviews are not usually formal affairs. Dress in a manner that is appropriate for the meeting place you have agreed upon. You don't need to be "all dressed up", but you shouldn't be dressed in a manner that would embarrass your grandmother.
Finally - as is true for all parts of our application process - just be yourself!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.